May 2016

Ratnapura floods – May 2016

The tropical storm that struck Sri Lanka on the 15th of May 2016 caused severe flooding and numerous landslides, especially in the west side of the country. According to the Disaster Management Centre, more than 300,000 people had been affected by the floods and landslides. 104 people were known to have died and 99 people were missing. As a result of the disaster about 21,000 people were displaced and they were living in camps and temporary accommodation including schools. An estimated amount of 623 houses have been destroyed and 4,414 have been damaged. This was reported to be the worst floods in 25 years, with further heavy rains and flooding continued.

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